It Had to Be You

It Had to Be YouAli Winters soon finds herself being dumped by her boyfriend, kicked out of her home and now stealing $50,000. Ali needs to clear her name and she will with the help of Luke Hanover which has just come back to Lucky Harbor.

Luke Hanover needed a break from the job and came back to a place he had stayed away from for over ten years. Luke will be surprised by the tenant but that will not be the last time especially when dealing with Ali and the town.

It Had to Be You is the seventh book to Jill Shalvis’s series Lucky Harbor. This series is full of sweet stories that make you laugh and sometimes cry along with being frustrated at the situation or the characters. It Had to Be You was a good story. It was not my number one favorite from the series but I did like it because Jill Shalvis can write a story you get lost in.

Shalvis keeps the plots simple with two main characters who are thrown together in a situation that gets way out of hand. The plot for me is almost comical as Ali is a woman scorned but she really doesn’t have her heart in it. She is a little out there with her behavior but means well as she wears her heart on her sleeve. After her disaster with the relationship with Teddy you hoped that she would find happiness for herself. Teddy really was one who got around and you really wondered how he got away with it all. Now Luke our hero is a good man and cop who seemed to need a break from the job. It was funny as once he got to Lucky Harbor he did nothing but help out where he could with Ali and those in the town.

The crazy plot that dealt with the theft of $50,000 was solved with an unexpected culprit but Shalvis does give hints throughout the book. A happy ending will soon follow for Ali and Luke for another couple in Lucky Harbor.

I am interested to read how the relationship between Jack and Leah will be changing come Always on My Mind which I will be reading next.

Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts

It seemed like it has been a while since I picked up the book of the Bride Quartet but at last the fourth and final one is out.  I was happy to see it on the shelf immediately I took the book and then went in search of the first three.  I wanted to re-read the books to go back into the friends lives.

Happy Ever After is the last book by Nora Roberts where Parker now gets her turn in romance.  Her romance comes from the cocky mechanic.  He is not Parker’s normal choice but that is what will bring the magic to their relationship.

The book was well done.  Parker was the perfect finish of this series.  I loved that all the friends were in the books.  There was humor and wit.  Mal and Parker were the perfect opposites.

When I put down the book I was smiling.  Nora Roberts has a way in evoking a simple story and giving a very happy ending filled with romance.

I think it is the inner romantic in me that always wants that happy ending.  You know most what is going to happen but you keep reading.  Sure excitement and adventure are fun but romance will always be with me.

The Bride Quartet is a worthwhile series to read; Vision in White, Bed of Roses, Savor the Moment, and Happy Ever After.

Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts

The second book, “Bed of Roses”  in the series Bride Quartet was a delight to read with the characters of Emma, Mac, Parker, and Laurel are resurfaced.  But this time it is Emma’s turn in this quirky story of four best friends.

Childhood friends have been obsessed with the wedding business since there pretended their own wedding as children and now they function their own wedding business.  Emma is the florist and caters to the needs of the brides, even if it is a little crazy.  Of course this leaves life a little hectic to handle especially with a man in her life.  Right now she is concentrating on doing her work, until feelings are uncovered again for her friend Jack Cooke.  She always had a thing for him but never could touch him because you did not mess around with friends ex’s, of course he really wasn’t but Emma didn’t know this.  So Emma is there talking to Jack and he turns her around and plants a kiss on Emma’s lips and quickly Emma participates.

Jack couldn’t believe what he was doing when he kissed her but he was thinking about it for so long.  Of course since she was his friend and like a sister to Del he couldn’t be with her.  But Jack in this case took a chance.  After a week of neither one talking Emma came over and demanded why he didn’t do anything.  After the shock wore off the two of them hit it off.  Emma was happy, Jack was happy, the girls were and even Del came around but threatened to hurt Jack if he hurt Emma.

All was going well until Emma found that she wanted more and was afraid that Jack wouldn’t.  Secretly Jack loved Emma but he wasn’t there yet to tell her.

The second book was fun to read and I really liked how the women worked in their job and stayed so busy, very realistic when working in the wedding business.  I also liked how Nora Roberts set up the next two books and who Laurel and Parker could possibly end up with.